After a two-day cease at New Bedford’s Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Methuen Senator Diana DiZoglio stopped by WBSM’s SouthCoast Tonight to speak about her run for State Auditor.
On Thursday, DiZoglio toured the feast grounds with Consultant Tony Cabral and members of the New Bedford Metropolis Council who’ve endorsed her marketing campaign.
On Friday. she attended a One SouthCoast Chamber occasion on the Feast placed on by Metropolis Council President Ian Abreu, who formally endorsed her marketing campaign that day.
DiZoglio has sturdy assist from SouthCoast elected officers. Together with Rep. Cabral and Council President Abreu, she has additionally been endorsed by Rep. Chris Hendricks, Metropolis Councilors Shane Burgo and Ryan Perreira, and State Senators Marc Pacheco and Mark Montigny.
She attributes this assist to representing gateway cities as a consultant and a senator on Beacon Hill and dealing on points that influence cities like New Bedford equivalent to housing inequality.
DiZoglio herself grew up housing insecure as a the daughter of a teenage single mom. All through her life, DiZoglio needed to work a number of jobs in waitressing and housekeeping whereas in faculty and starting her profession within the nonprofit sector to make ends meet.
The State Auditor is the chief accountability officer within the Commonwealth, charged with investigating greater than 200 state companies to seek out situations of waste, fraud, and abuse. DiZoglio, a candidate within the Democratic main, has made waves within the Auditor race together with her dedication to conducting an audit of the state legislature. Her opponents on this election, in addition to outgoing State Auditor Suzanne Bump, maintain the place that the Auditor doesn’t have the authorized authority to analyze Beacon Hill.
“One thousand p.c we now have the flexibility to audit the legislature,” DiZoglio stated on SouthCoast Tonight. “I’ve learn the legislation and the legislation is evident. I have been within the state senate, I’ve served within the legislature and look it isn’t been the preferred place to advocate for auditing the membership that you simply presently belong to. You may think about I’ve misplaced a variety of endorsements over this.”
“And there are some in my management group, the truth is the vast majority of my management group has I consider now endorsed in opposition to me on this race,” DiZoglio added. “And I consider that a variety of it has particularly so much to do with the truth that I’ve been standing up and talking fact to energy. I respect the work of my colleagues however I do not suppose we must be above the legislation.”
Throughout her time within the legislature, DiZoglio has been a vocal critic of Beacon Hill management. She particularly accused former Speaker of the Home Robert DeLeo of coercing Beacon Hill staffers who had been victims of harassment into signing non-disclosure agreements. Senator DiZoglio fell sufferer to this apply when she stated she was the sufferer of sexual harassment whereas working as a legislative help.
“The best way that they thought it was acceptable on the time to make that harassment cease taking place was to fireside me,” DiZoglio stated. “After which require that on my means out the door that I signal a taxpayer funded nondisclosure settlement, paid for by the entire of us listening simply to gather my primary severance package deal.”
After her termination as a legislative help, DiZoglio then efficiently ran for workplace as a state consultant, turning into the youngest girl serving on Beacon Hill. She has spent a lot of her time exposing the apply of NDAs for workers struggling harassment not simply within the legislature however throughout all state companies.
She labored to cross a invoice as senator via the higher chamber banning the apply of taxpayer-funded NDAs, however the laws has been held up within the Home.
If elected Auditor, DiZoglio stated that she intends to make use of the bully pulpit and investigative authority of the workplace to show and finish using NDAs to cowl up situations of harassment on state authorities.
“The management construction is damaged,” DiZoglio stated. “I have been calling for audits. I have been demanding investigations – however as your subsequent State Auditor I will not should preserve calling for audits. I will not have to preserve demanding investigations. I will be capable of take my 10 years of going line-by-line in that state price range and I’ll audit and I’ll examine these issues and far, far more in your behalf.”
Hearken to Diana DiZoglio’s full interview with Chris and Marcus on SouthCoast Tonight:
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